Chestnut oak, (Quercus montana) (syn. Q. prinus), is the Society of Municipal Arborists’ (SMA) Tree of the Year. This Eastern US native is adaptable, growing dry soils and tolerating periods of drought. Its large chestnut like leaves, may give it a common name, but the bark is its distinctive feature.
The SMA press release credits Dublin, Ohio Forestry Assistant Jocelyn Knerr with nominating the tree.
“We started using chestnut oak in Dublin in 2009 as a street tree,” she says. “We have planted it to replace some of our ash trees as well as using it in green spaces throughout the city. It has adapted well to the alkaline soils of Dublin and it seems to handle the salt well. The pyramidal shape is an added plus in its young age because it allows for our snowplows and garbage trucks to pass without destroying any branches.”
NewTerrain January 16, 2017
Caption: Chestnut oak, (Quercus montana) (syn. Q. prinus), is the Society of Municipal Arborists’ (SMA) Tree of the Year. Photo by Mwanner at the English language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2742008.